Brittany Bowe, the reigning World Cup 1000m and 1500m speed skating champion, is missing this weekend’s World Cup qualifiers due to a concussion sustained in July.
Bowe, a U.S. Olympian in Sochi, collided with a teammate in training in July, as first reported by Dutch broadcaster NOS.
Bowe can still be placed on the U.S. team for the World Cup season despite missing this weekend’s races in Milwaukee.
A competition return date has not been set, but it’s unlikely she will race the first two World Cup stops in November. Bowe is expected to return when she’s 100 percent recovered.
Bowe was one of the U.S.’ top athletes across all winter sports last season, setting the 1000m world record and winning the world sprint championship in addition to her World Cup season titles.
Bowe also earned the most medals of any male or female skater at the world single distance championships — silver in the 500m and bronze in the 1000m and 1500m.
Four-time Olympic medalist Shani Davis and two-time Olympian Heather Bergsma headline the skaters competing at the World Cup qualifiers this weekend.Follow @nzaccardi